The Power of the 1% Shift: Small Changes, Big Results!

Imagine a plane leaving Los Angeles bound for Rome, Italy. That flight lasts about 12 hours. But did you know that if the nose of that plane veered just one degree south, twelve hours later, it would end up somewhere in Tunisia, Africa?! 

One degree off course can make a significant difference.

And you know what else can make a significant difference?

Moving just one percent shift forward.


We often believe that big changes are necessary to see big results. However, it’s the small, incremental, consistent steps over time that truly add up. Speaking of Rome, it wasn’t built in a day, after all! One action at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time. And before you know it, you’ll be at an entirely new destination.

In James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits,” he illustrates the power of starting with the smallest of action steps consistently over time. If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better! It really does add up, folks.


Here’s what often holds us back: (And not to boast, but I’m kind of an expert here – as I’ve experienced them all more times than I care to admit!)

All or Nothing: 

Maybe you think you need to commit to a perfect score of 365 days in a new habit, or nothing at all. It’s daunting, right? Remember, you’re human, and perfection isn’t the goal—it’s progress.


Too Many Changes at Once: 

Why commit to getting up fifteen minutes earlier to begin a simple gratitude practice when you could get up at 5am and go for a walk outside, do some stretching, meditation, journaling, visualization, affirmation-writing… and while you’re at it, start drinking 8 glasses of water a day, working out 3x a week, getting to bed by 10pm, reading a book a week, quitting caffeine, and eating kale with every meal?!? Avoid overwhelming yourself with a laundry list of new habits all at once. Start small and build gradually. Set yourself up for success!


Wrong Reasons: 

Are you doing things because you feel like you “should” be doing them? And according to who? It’s essential to align any new action, habit, or commitment with your genuine desires and motivations. Otherwise, they just won’t stick!


Lack of Planning: 

The number of times I’ve ‘committed’ to starting a new habit without actually taking the time to plan is too many to count! Take it from me—take time to figure out how your new habit fits into your routine and your life. Bonus points if you prepare for potential obstacles you foresee getting in your way!


No Mindset Shift: 

This one is a biggie. Before you embark on any change, you had better ensure your belief system supports your goals. You must first believe in yourself, or there will be no lasting change!


So, start small. Pick one thing that matters to you, clarify why you want to do it, create a plan, and work on your mindset.

Most importantly, JUST START!

You’re as ready today as you’ll ever be. A one percent shift is all it takes. Imagine where you’ll be in a week, a month, a year from now.

Ready to harness the power of the 1% shift? Share your commitment to one small change you’ll make today below. 


I’m cheering you on!


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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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